Let’s just agree right now: We McKinney area folks can take the word Bored out of our vocabulary. If that state of being happens in or around McKinney, it’s by choice. Just looking at the 2012 entertainment calendar induces an adrenaline rush. This week alone offers a skip down the yellow brick road, an art walk around the downtown square, and some toe tapping with a Lone Star music legend.
On Friday, the McKinney Youth Theatre presents the children’s classic, “The Wizard of Oz” at the Heard-Craig Hall located at 306 N. Church Street, northwest of the downtown square. Showtime is 7:15pm Friday, and 2:15pm and 7:15pm Saturday. The Sunday matinee is at 2:15pm. The show runs next weekend as well. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Call 972-422-2525 or go here to get yours today.
This weekend also marks the first Second Saturday art walk of the new year. The McKinney Wine Merchant features the works of painter Weeda Hamdan, while the Garret Gallery continues their “Miniatures and Small Works” exhibit. Orison’s Fine Art and Framing presents “Natural Instinct”, an exhibit by soulful wildlife painter, K.D. Hafley.
The exhibit I am most excited about is the opening night exhibit of “fresh nostalgia” on Saturday, 7-10pm at the Laura Moore Fine Arts Studio. I just love it when one of our own does well. 25-year-old Plano native Elizabeth McDonald returns to Texas wearing the accolades of the international art community. And those are some bragging rights, y’all.
In 2010, McDonald won the world’s most prestigious portrait competition, the Young Artist Award at the BP Portrait Competition during the 2010 Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Her work went on to be featured in the Gallery’s book, “500 Portraits”, and, she was also shortlisted for the John Moore’s Comtemporary Painting Prize in 2010. In addition to exhibiting at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, she is also the youngest artist to have work in the permanent collection of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts.
For your downtown music fix, McKinney fave, Maylee Thomas rocks the Grotto, while Winter Jam blows the roof off MPAC. The Grotto opens at 5pm for dinner and drinks, and Winter Jam begins at 8pm. Winter Jam is a benefit concert for the College Ministries of New Life. It will feature the Rowlett rock band, Abacu5, McKinney blues band, Patient Patient, and Frisco’s pop sensation, Taylor Thrash. Tickets are $7 and can be purchased here.
If you’re more in a Lone Star frame of musical mind, head over to Hank’s Texas Grill on Saturday night to hear none other than the legendary singer/songwriter, Ray Wylie Hubbard. Referred to as the “grizzled Texas troubadour” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Hubbard, is long associated with the Texas ‘outlaw’ country movement (think Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings), and is hailed by the Austin Chronicle as “one of the best singer/songwriter’s of our times”. Not bad praise for the guy who first tasted fame for penning the beer hall anthem, “Up Against the Wall Red Neck Mother”. Showtime is 9:30pm. Tickets are $10 online or $12 at the door and can be purchased at Hank’s Texas Grill.
Well that’s it for this week kids. Let us know in the comment field below what you’ll be up to this weekend. If you make any of the mentioned shows, we’d love to hear your reviews as well. Now get out there and have a great time.